SENIOR FAMILY PLANNING ADVISOR

  • Posted on 23 February 2021
  • Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Closing on 21 March 2021

Job Description

1. SOLICITATION NO.: 72062121R00007

2. ISSUANCE DATE: February 22, 2021

3. CLOSING DATE AND TIME FOR RECEIPT OF OFFERS: March 21, 2021, 5:00 P.M.

4. POINT OF CONTACT: Hussein Tuwa, e-mail at htuwa@usaid.gov.

5. POSITION TITLE: Senior Family Planning Advisor

6. MARKET VALUE: USD $92,977 – USD $120,868 equivalent to GS- 14. Final compensation will be negotiated within the listed market value.

7. PERIOD OF PERFORMANCE: One Year with four option years, estimated to start on July 6, 2021.

The base period will be July 06, 2021 to July 05, 2022, estimated to start on July 06, 2021. Based on Agency need, the Contracting Officer may exercise additional option periods for four years - for the dates estimated as follows:

Base Period:

July 6, 2021 to July 5, 2022

Option Period 1:

July 6, 2022 to July 5, 2023

Option Period 2:

July 6, 2023 to July 5, 2024

Option Period 3:

July 6, 2024 to July 5, 2025

Option Period 4:

July 6, 2025 to July 5, 2026

8. PLACE OF PERFORMANCE: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with a possible travel as stated in the Statement of Duties.

9. ELIGIBLE OFFERORS: American Citizens

10. SECURITY LEVEL REQUIRED: Facility Access

11. STATEMENT OF DUTIES

1. General Statement of Purpose of the Contract

To ensure program impact over the life of USAID/Tanzania’s Country Development and Cooperation Strategy (CDCS), the Health Office requires senior leadership and advisory services for a spectrum of FP/RH programming that includes service delivery, HSS, policy and advocacy, strategic information, and integration with other development sectors.

The Senior FP Advisor (SFPA) will advise, manage and coordinate USAID’s FP/RH investments in Tanzania. S/he will be required to support activities across the Health Office portfolio and broader Mission and to oversee multi-directional integration of FP with programming that addresses such diverse issues as adolescent health, social and behavior change, private sector engagement, gender, and population, health, and environment. The SFPA will work at a senior level in a high-priority USG foreign assistance program that requires knowledge, experience, maturity, and an ability to function independently under a complex, highly demanding, and frequently changing environment. S/he will incorporate the Agency’s core values in all aspects of his/her work: passion for mission; excellence; integrity; respect; empowerment; inclusion; and commitment to learning.

The Health Office is organized into four functional teams that include: Facility-Based Services; Community-Based Services; Health System Strengthening; and Programs, Analysis and Operations. As the largest portfolio for USAID/Tanzania, it includes a complex mix of technical areas, including HIV/AIDS, TB, malaria, MNCH, and FP/RH. The SFPA position will be located in the Health Promotion and Prevention Unit of the Community-Based Services Team. The SFPA will work closely with the Senior FP specialist and the FP/HIV integration specialist on the Facility-based services team on FP/RH programming and integration with other programs.

The SFPA will work with his/her FP/RH counterparts to provide scientific, technical, and programmatic leadership for activities related to the implementation of USAID’s FP/RH portfolio in Tanzania. S/he will develop strategies and programs to achieve the FP/RH goals of USAID/Tanzania, mentor and coach Health Office and other staff in FP/RH, manage certain FP/RH awards, coordinate with other bilateral and multilateral donors working in FP/RH, support Tanzania’s FP2020 Initiative, and monitor program implementation in the field. The SFPA will collaborate closely and interface with senior staff of the MOHCDGEC and PO-RALG, other GOT entities, national and international academic institutions, USG agencies in Tanzania, donors, and implementing partners in matters relating to FP/RH.

2. Statement of Duties to be Performed

The major duties and responsibilities of the SFPA are outlined below:

A. Strategic and Technical Leadership in FP/RH (40% of time)

● Serve as a high-level FP/RH advisor to Mission and Health Office leadership and provide technical leadership for USAID/Tanzania’s strategic direction, priority setting, and programming related to FP/RH, in collaboration with the Senior FP specialist and FP/HIV integration specialist under the Facility-based services team.

● Provide technical expertise, guidance, and advice on FP/RH focusing on issues related to service delivery, HSS, policy and advocacy, private sector engagement, contraceptive security and supply chain management, social and behavior change, social marketing/social enterprise, and strategic information

● Maintain cutting edge expertise on current and new FP/RH research findings, information, and developments and interpret and advise the Mission on implications and implementation options related to shaping USAID health programs; apply best practices to FP/RH policy dialogue in Tanzania (e.g., the introduction of new FP methods, use of community health workers for FP/RH service delivery; domestic resource mobilization for FP)

● Maintain a working knowledge of FP/RH epidemiology and modeling/forecasting of FP/RH trends and needs

● Establish, maintain, and enhance effective working relationships with technical staff and leadership of the MOHCDGEC and PO-RALG and other donors related to FP/RH

● Provide technical advice and recommendations on FP/RH for USAID/Tanzania’s CDCS, annual Operational Plans, and implementing mechanisms, including new procurements

● Build on and expand existing strategic relationships with the private sector to strengthen FP/RH programming in Tanzania in support of the Journey to Self-Reliance

● Regularly review and analyze data on FP/RH activities as a basis for providing up-to-date information and recommendations on the effectiveness and impact of program strategies and inputs, in collaboration with the Health Office Strategic Information Team

● Participate in technical meetings with implementing partners, donors, the GOT, USG agencies, the private sector, and other key local and international stakeholders in support of USAID/Tanzania’s FP/RH goals and objectives.

B. Program Management (35% of time)

● Mentor and build capacity of implementing partner organizations to plan, manage, and execute FP/RH program activities in an effective and efficient manner

● Lead or participate in site visits to assess program implementation and progress and to meet with beneficiaries to ensure quality of care and ensure compliance

● Provide advice to USAID implementing partners on knowledge management and documentation/dissemination of FP/RH best and promising practices and lessons learned

● Provide program management support – either by serving as Agreement/Contracting Officer Representative bilateral awards of advising on the implementation of other awards as an Activity Manager – for USAID-funded FP/RH activities in Tanzania including but not limited to the following areas of focus: service delivery, social and behavior change, policy and advocacy, and HSS

● Ensure that FP/RH activities are designed, implemented, evaluated, and documented in a timely and quality manner and in line with USAID and USG strategies and priorities; ensure the utilization of relevant assessment and evaluation findings for program improvement

● Ensure through training, mentoring, and monitoring that the Mission’s health programs are compliant with relevant and applicable USG FP and abortion legal and policy requirements, e.g., Tiahrt Amendment and Protecting Life in Global Health Assistance policy.

C. Donor Coordination and FP2020 Initiative (15% of time)

● Serve as the senior technical liaison for key Mission health activities related to FP/RH with bilateral and multilateral donors to facilitate the mobilization of these partners and provide technical direction, strategic coherence, and program continuity

● Provide expert technical review and feedback on national FP strategies, policies, plans, and protocols developed by the GOT

● Act as the Mission’s designated focal point for the Global FP2020 Initiative in Tanzania and its follow-on global 2030 partnership/organization (currently being developed and refined)

● Lead efforts to communicate externally the Mission’s support for FP/RH and identify current and emerging country needs in collaboration with other donors and key stakeholders.

D. Preparation of Key Mission Reporting Documents (10% of time)

● Provide periodic updates of the FP/RH situation in Tanzania for Mission and Health Office leadership, USAID/Washington, and the U.S. Embassy and prepare other briefing documents as required

● Provide expert technical reviews of and recommendations for USAID/Tanzania’s CDCS quarterly reviews and annual program performance reports

● Assist Mission and Health Office leadership to ensure that data and information gathering tracks results and informs the development of future FP/RH programs

● Represent USAID/Tanzania at international and national conferences and meetings and act as a regional resource in FP/RH as needed and appropriate.

● Conduct other tasks or responsibilities as assigned based on organizational and programming need and the SFPA’s expertise and interests.

3. Supervisory Controls: Minimal supervisory control will be expected, as the SFPA will act independently with little direction and oversight and will play a senior level support role to the Health Office. The SFPA will develop work objectives within the first three months of service and will be evaluated annually, based on accomplishments and progress achieved.

4. Supervisory Relationship: The SFPA will directly work under the general supervision and policy guidance of the Health Promotion and Prevention Unit Lead, with support from the Community-Based Services Team Lead and Health Office Director and Deputy Director, as needed.

12. PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The work requested does not involve undue physical demands.

II. MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED FOR THIS POSITION

a. Education: Masters degree in a relevant discipline such as public health, reproductive health, social science, or other field related to international development and/or public health.

b. Work Experience: Minimum 10 years’ experience in FP/RH programming, with at least five years’ experience managing FP/RH programs in sub-Saharan Africa

c. Language: Level IV English ability (fluent) is required. The incumbent must possess a high degree of proficiency in both written and spoken English.

d. Knowledge, Skills and Ability:

· Demonstrated leadership in leading, vision building, and achieving results-focused implementation in large international health programs.

· Proven ability to work closely and effectively with host government officials.

· Demonstrated ability to effectively multi-task and meet deadlines in a high-performance environment. High degree of independence, judgment, ingenuity, and flexibility to respond to changing work priorities and environment.

· Proven capacity to navigate sensitive situations and employ diplomatic skills with regard to public health issues

· Strong ability to effectively mentor, coach, and build the capacity of team members in FP/RH

· Strong interpersonal and communication skills and demonstrated ability to work well in with cross-cultural teams

· Basic computer skills, including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and Google platforms (Gmail)

· Excellent written and oral communication skills for report writing and other key communications and internal/external presentations

III. EVALUATION AND SELECTION FACTORS

The Government may award a contract without discussions with offerors in accordance with FAR 52.215-1. The Contracting Officer (CO) reserves the right at any point in the evaluation process to establish a competitive range of offerors with whom negotiations will be conducted pursuant to FAR 15.306(c). In accordance with FAR 52.215-1, if the CO determines that the number of offers that would otherwise be in the competitive range exceeds the number at which an efficient competition can be conducted, the CO may limit the number of offerors in the competitive range to the greatest number that will permit an efficient competition among the most highly rated offers. The FAR provisions referenced above are available at https://www.acquisition.gov/browse/index/far.

Candidates meeting the minimum qualifications for the position will be evaluated based on information presented in the application and reference checks. For purposes of this solicitation, Offerors will be required to have the minimum qualifications expressed in Section II and will be assessed based on the following factors:

1. Education - (10 Points)

2. Work Experience - (40 Points)

3. Knowledge, Skills & Abilities - (40 Points)

4. Language Proficiency - (10 Points)

In order to be considered for the position, a candidate must meet the Minimum Qualifications as stated in Section II above. Consideration and selection will be based on a panel evaluation of the Evaluation Factors. Please note that not all applicants will be interviewed or contacted. USAID will not pay for any expenses associated with the interviews unless expenses are pre authorized. The applicant’s references must be able to provide substantive information about his/her past performance and abilities.

After the closing date for receipt of offers, a selection committee will be convened to review offers and evaluate them in accordance with the evaluation criteria. Offers from candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements will not be considered or scored. Reference checks will be made only for offerors considered as finalists.

IV. SUBMITTING AN OFFER

1. Eligible offerors are required to complete and submit the offer form AID 309-2, “Offeror Information for Personal Services Contracts with Individuals,” available at http://www.usaid.gov/forms.

2. Offers must be received by the closing date and time specified in Section I, item 3.

3. Offeror submissions must clearly reference the number of this Solicitation to ensure the offer is for the position in this Solicitation.

Interested applicants must submit the following: (1) a current Form AID 302-3, Offeror Information for Personal Services Contract-attached to this solicitation; (2) a current resume or curriculum vitae; (3) a cover letter, not to exceed three pages, addressing how the applicant meets the Required Qualifications {(a) education; (b) prior work experience; (c) knowledge, (d) skills and abilities}; and (4) any other documents (certificates, awards, copies of degrees earned, etc.) that address the qualification requirements of the position as listed above, and a list of three (3) to five (5) references with complete contact information, including email address and telephone numbers.

Submittals should be sent to USAID/Tanzania PSC Applications mailbox, at daressalaampscsap@usaid.gov.

I. LIST OF REQUIRED FORMS PRIOR TO AWARD

The CO will provide instructions about how to complete and submit the following forms after an offeror is selected for the contract award:

1. Medical History and Examination Form (Department of State Forms)

2. Questionnaire for Sensitive Positions for National Security (SF-86), or

3. Questionnaire for Non-Sensitive Positions (SF-85)

4. Finger Print Card (FD-258)

II. BENEFITS AND ALLOWANCES

As a matter of policy, and as appropriate, a USPSC is normally authorized the following benefits and allowances:

1. BENEFITS:

(a) Employer’s FICA Contribution

(b) Contribution toward Health & Life Insurance

(c) Pay Comparability Adjustment

(d) Annual Increase (pending a satisfactory performance evaluation)

(e) Eligibility for Worker’s Compensation

(f) Annual and Sick Leave

2. ALLOWANCES:

Section numbers refer to rules from the Department of State Standardized Regulations (Government Civilians Foreign Areas), available at https://aoprals.state.gov/content.asp?content_id=282&menu_id=101

(a) Temporary Quarter Subsistence Allowance (Section 120)

(b) Living Quarters Allowance (Section 130)

(c) Cost-of-Living Allowance (Chapter 210)

(d) Post Allowance (Section 220)

(e) Separate Maintenance Allowance (Section 260)

(f) Education Allowance (Section 270)

(g) Education Travel (Section 280)

(h) Post Differential (Chapter 500)

(i) Payments during Evacuation/Authorized Departure (Section 600)

III. TAXES

USPSCs are required to pay Federal income taxes, FICA, Medicare and applicable State Income taxes.

More information

USPSC Senior FP Advisor solicitation (1).pdf

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